Every year it’s inevitable. As Canadians living in Southern Ontario, we should already have the Mukluks prepped and the winter tires on our cars and bikes come December. Yet when that first snowfall hits, so the pain of the cold and winter sets in. We continue on shoveling, riding our bikes, and going about our daily business regardless of the predicted 15-20cm blanketing the city in fluffy white flakes. So bundle up, hunker down and let the slush begin.
A large crowd gathered at Philosopher’s Walk for the Women Won’t Forget vigil to mark the 25th anniversary of the murders at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. Philosopher’s Walk in Toronto is the site of 14 trees planted in memory of Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara Klueznick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Anne St-Arneault, and Annie Turcotte, gunned down because they were women who dared to be educated. Since then, December 6th has been marked as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) at Roy Thomson Hall isn’t usually something to laugh about. Enter Matthew Reid and Carly Heffernan for The Second City Guide to the Symphony, a two night comedic take on the classics. Photographed at Roy Thomson Hall with a wayward sousaphone for NOW Magazine.
A group gathered around the large fire pit of Dufferin Grove for the Speak for Tears vigil organized by hip hop artist Young Jibwe (aka Cameron Monkman). The vigil attendees honoured the thousands of missing and murdered indigenous women, men and children and they condemn the government’s inaction in calling forth a national inquiry.
Santa showed up jollier than ever for the 110th annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade. The longest running parade of it’s kind, this year’s crop of marching bands and colourful floats marched through the falling snow to the cheers of the crowd.
The weather was glorious for this year’s official City of Toronto Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph in front of Old City Hall. Toronto‘s new mayor-elect John Tory was in attendance with several city councillors and thousands of onlookers to remember those who have served in the armed forces and fallen in the line duty.
The ten month lead up to the Toronto municipal elections has felt like a lifetime worth of debates and ‘just say no to Ford’ rhetoric. In the end John Tory was victorious, Ford Nation wept openly and Olivia Chow supporters were just plain saddened by the loss. She presented a progressive and intelligent platform for the betterment of Toronto and I was there to capture her election night party and concession speech.
It’s hard to even begin to estimate the number of walking dead at Toronto‘s annual Zombie Walk. At least 10,000+ brain starved zombies lurched through Toronto’s downtown core, terrifying onlookers and leaving a trail of fake blood all the way down Yonge Street. This year’s parade of the undead included horses, a marching band and a group of ghouls on bikes.
Bands usually tour when they release a new album, but not many do it by bike! Local Toronto indie rock group The Wooden Sky took to two wheels to promote the vinyl release of Let’s Be Ready. The tour started with their first acoustic set at Cabin Fever Collective before heading to Soundscapes for a second set and then finishing up at Kops Records. The band and their entourage of friends and fans also made a brief stop for a photo op in front of Tina Coffee on Dundas St West where the album’s cover art photograph was shot.